AANAPISI Annual Performance Report for Year IV: Executive Summary and Major Milestones
In Year IV, the AANAPISI grant made substantial progress in five areas.
- The grant’s core initiative, comprehensive reform of the ESL program was completed. The new curriculum, approved in spring 2020 for full-scale implementation in fall 2020, paved the way for its institutionalization. Critical to the success of the reform was data that provided compelling evidence: rates of ELL student progression and acceleration into ENG-111exceeded grant goals; and ELL students consistently outperformed non-ELL students in the successful completion of ENG-111. Four major grant achievements are highlighted below.
- The new ELL program reduced the total number of credits from 36 to 18 credits, shortening the progression of ELL students into the college-level gateway English course from 3-4 years to just 3 semesters.
- All three levels of academic ELL courses are 6 credits each and use an integrated skills, culturally relevant, thematic pedagogical approach with embedded support from AAPI success coaches, ACE peer mentors, and Language Lab tutors.
- A department name change was approved, from English as a Second Language (ESL) to the English Language Learning (ELL) Department. The name change included an updated mission, vision, and program learning outcomes, all grounded in a more asset-based, equity-minded framework.
- All courses under the new ELL program curriculum were approved as college-level courses for General Education credit that transfer to 4-year degrees.